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Almost anything is available at area farmers' markets, now in full swing

Shoppers browse the Capital District Farmers’ Market in Menands on Broadway. The market opened May 5 and features both retail and wholesale markets. The retail market runs Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the wholesale market is Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

Shoppers browse the Capital District Farmers’ Market in Menands on Broadway. The market opened May 5 and features both retail and wholesale markets. The retail market runs Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the wholesale market is Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Submitted Photo

— The Cohoes Farmers Market will celebrate its sixth season and the arrival of June when it opens Friday, June 1, in the large municipal lot on Remsen Street in downtown Cohoes, directly across from Harmony House Marketplace.

Market goers can expect fresh fruits and vegetables, bedding plants, cheese, baked goods, eggs, soaps and lotions, ready-to-eat items like perogies and golumpki and local artists. Songwriter and guitarist Frank Lessard will entertain visitors on opening day.

The Cohoes market is open from 4 to 7 p.m. every Friday, rain or shine, and runs until Oct. 5. Free parking is available.

The farmers’ market at The Crossings in Colonie is more than just an outdoor shopping center. Since 2009, it has raised more than $40,000 to fund improvements at the park. This year’s market opens Saturday, June 2, at 9 a.m.

“Not only has the farmers’ market become a very popular Saturday gathering place, it has helped the town make necessary repairs and improvements to the park, with a special focus on the playground,” said Supervisor Paula Mahan.

This year’s market has some new vendors to mix up the local offerings. Alongside the fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, eggs, cheese, dairy products and breads that have become popular, there will be Mediterranean prepared foods from Euro-Delicacies, Freddie’s Rockin’ Hummus, sweet and salty popcorn from Fast Trax kettle corn, grass-fed angus beef and free-range roaster chickens from Longlesson Farms, fresh and frozen seafood from The Original Two Cousins Fish Market and spices, herbs and olive oils from Just-A-Thought.

“True to our mission, we continue to emphasize farmers as vendors,” said Mahan. “But we also wanted to make the market a more complete stop for shoppers, offering a wider range of choices from appetizers to dessert.”

Friends of the William K. Sanford Library will be on hand selling used book at the Book Nook.

The market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday until Sept. 29.

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